Tonight is 80s night. Also, they asked David Cook, who won season 7, to mentor the contestants on Monday.
Because they saved Sam last week, there is no more safety net. Personally, I prefer that.
The judges come out. Keith has extensions to make a mullet. Jlo takes them out.
The package is about David Cook – how he had iconic performances when he sang 80s songs and made them his. I totally agree. I loved him during his season. The contestants are also excited that he’s an actual winner. They never say, but neither Chris Daughtry nor Adam Lambert, as well as they’ve done since, won.
Jena sings “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett. Her arrangement starts on the piano, and then speeds up. David digs it.
She’s good as usual, but it’s a sexy song and she isn’t capturing that. And maybe she dragged the slow start too far.
KU: echoes David – digs the arrangement. But the key was too low.
Jlo: thought it languished in the middle. Did like it.
HCJr: didn’t love the arrangement, but loved that she tried.
Dexter is next. He’s singing “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by Georgia Satellites. He’s sung it in bars. David tells him to finish his words so they’re understandable. And he needs to own the solo.
He’s wearing the backwards cap. It’s fun, it’s understandable and Dexter gives props to the guitar player.
Jlo: felt good. Owned the stage.
HCJr: coupled with last week, good job
KU: you loosened up. Feel free to be unexpected.
Harry whoops then. Loudly. Not for the last time.
Duet – ”The Girl Is Mine” by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, sung by Alex and Sam. It’s loungy, with nice harmonies. The girl is bored and romancing Caleb.
Malaya is singing “Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan. David calls her a firecracker, but she needs more focus. She needs to not make her chorus shock the audience.
She’s off. And shouty.
KU: no doubt of her vocal ability. But she seems to worry about upcoming notes and it shows. She’ll hit them. Relax.
Jlo: nothing to add
HCJr: impressed she hit a Chaka Khan note.
Duet – “It’s Only Love” by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner. Sung by Caleb and Jena.
I like it, of course. But no one notices because HCJr just put a young girl on his shoulders. He’s obnoxious tonight.
Jessica is singing “Call Me” by Blondie. She wants to make it modem and rock. David wants her to enjoy singing it, and to move from camera to people.
She has no connection. Note perfect but not there.
HCJr: sing the shuffle, sing in the pocket.
KU: still waiting for her to release.
Jlo: it’s a sexy song. If you can’t find that, it’s the wrong song.
I seriously only understood Jlo.
Sam is singing “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. David wants Sam in the pocket. He also wants him to use the cameras and own the song and the stage.
Sam is in the middle of a stage full of girls. His voice is pretty but empty. Allison singing harmony sounds lovely. And now all I can hear is her singing this song with Cyndi at the season 8 finale. She got the emotions. Sam doesn’t.
KU: glad it was acoustic. Be looser.
Jlo: great job
HCJr: getting better every week. Look at the girls. Also Google Ricky Nelson.
I doubt Sam has ever heard that name before.
CJ and Malaya sing “I Knew You Were Waiting” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. He’s throwing her off.
Alex is singing “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. But he’s singing it as a tender ballad. He and David get very technical, although David also takes his sheet music so he can really feel it. He has the skills to play with the tempo and he should.
It’s very Alex. Jazzy, stripped down, odd, pretty. Confusing.
HCJr: liked the new tune. But there is a different between a performer and an entertainer, and Alex needs to learn how to bring an audience in.
KU: grabbed his attention. Commends him for changing it, but warns him that coffeehouse only works so often. And, as David said, he should play with the tempo.
I feel that the judges have a lot of respect for David.
Jlo: missed the melody of the original and thinks he changed too much.
Final duet is Jessica and Dexter singing “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
Both guys have gone into the mezzanine, leaving Jlo alone. It’s just stupid. And distracting.
CJ is singing “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty. David helps with the arrangement.
He’s off the entire time.
Jlo: roots for him note by note. He touches hearts.
HCJr: he still believes that, since CJ can do the high notes, he has an ear for the low ones.
KU: hears a survivor in his voice.
Caleb is singing “Faithfully” by Journey. Did you know Randy was with Journey? Yeah, me, too. David wants to make sure Caleb sings it with reverence.
I love this song and he’s doing it justice, but maybe a touch karaoke. And he’s better when he cuts loose. NICE, though.
HCJr: nice work. Exciting and finally gave us subtlety.
Jlo: he seemed to want to get to the loud parts.
At that point, not a guess as to who is going home.